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Notes: Longtime Birchmere owner Gary Oelze, 80, dies

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Gary Oelze, longtime owner of legendary music venue The Birchmere, has died at 80 years old, Zebra first reported.

Oelze was hired as a manager at a restaurant in Shirlington that would reopen as The Birchmere in 1966. It was a successful lunch business, Zebra wrote, but Oelze added the music focus to boost nighttime business. Oelze even played in the restaurant’s first band.

Over time, the venue would grow to become legendary in the music world and continues to be Alexandria’s most prominent musical venue.

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